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The Nazis Strike (1943)

Not Rated | | Documentary , Short , War | 1943 (USA)
The official World War II US government account of Nazi international aggression leading up to the British and French declarations of war.

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Frank Capra (uncredited), Anatole Litvak (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Eduard Benes ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Neville Chamberlain ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Clementine Churchill Clementine Churchill ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Galeazzo Ciano Galeazzo Ciano ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Édouard Daladier Édouard Daladier ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Léon Degrelle Léon Degrelle ... Himself - Leader: Rexist Party, Belgium (archive footage) (uncredited)
Anthony Eden ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hermann Göring ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Konrad Henlein Konrad Henlein ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rudolf Hess Rudolf Hess ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Heinrich Himmler Heinrich Himmler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Walter Huston ... Narrator (uncredited)
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In this installment of the Why We Fight propaganda film series, we see the events of Nazi Germany's diplomatic and military acts of international aggression. One by one, we learn of the Nazi's consistently underhanded and relenting violation of every promise of peace and exploitation of their foes's attempts of appeasement until the invasion of Poland September of 1939 which led to Britain and France finally taking an armed stand against Hitler. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Poland See more »

Filming Locations:

Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Production Co:

The War Department See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This documentary is the shortest film in Frank Capra's seven-film 'Why We Fight' documentary film series. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: To the German geopolitician, the world is not made up of men and women and children, who live and love and dream of better things. It is made up of only two elements: labor and raw materials.
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Follows Prelude to War (1942) See more »

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Polonaise in A Major
by Frédéric Chopin
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Hitler lies Europe dies.
8 December 2009 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

The second of the Why We Fight Series concentrates on Hitler's grab of the Sudetanland and beyond as he makes a chump out of Neville Chamberlain and embarks on his conquest of Europe.

Clearly meant as propaganda in its day this series over the test of time has become an informative documentary as well with most of the "Allied bias" turning out to be historical fact. The Fuhrer hoists himself on his own petard with smug pronouncements before his people and the world as he says one thing and does another as his army moves East. The Czechs and Austrians quickly capitulate but the Poles put up an heroic struggle against overwhelming odds.

The disparity between Hitler's military might and Chamberlain waving the Munich treaty like a white flag, declaring "Peace in our time" to this day has durable propaganda qualities. Here in its original context it resonates even more powerfully as the darkness of World War ll sets in on Europe leaving the American viewer with two options, freedom or slavery. In 1943 there was no evading this simple truth and The Nazis Strike makes its point effectively.


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